Hunting Island State Park is located just 16 miles east of the historic town of Beaufort and is one of the most popular and beautiful beaches in South Carolina. This 5,000 acre park and it’s 3 miles of natural beach hosts more than a million visitors a year. It’s a place where you can truly find yourself again. It’s a place where humans and nature have always seem to co-exist. Park Hours: Monday-Sunday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. (extended to 9 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time). Park Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Park Admissions Fee – cost per person: Adults: $5, SC Seniors, $3.25, Children 6-15, $3, Children 5 & Under, Free. huntingisland.com.
Artists learn, teach, share and create at ARTworks. Classes registering for all ages and a compelling variety of media. ARTworks Community Art Center, Theatre & Gallery, 2127 Boundary St. (843) 379-2787 or beaufortcountyarts.com.
The Parris Island Museum is open daily from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Family and Graduation Days. Explore the long, rich legacy of the Marine Corps, as well as the exciting history of the Port Royal region. Admission is free. The public is welcome to visit Parris Island, access may be dependent upon current security needs. A driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance and registration are required. Boulevard de France. (843) 228-3650 or parrisislandmuseum.com.
The Verdier House Museum in Beaufort’s National Historic Landmark District is open for tours, Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Guided tours are available by appointment. 801 Bay St. (843) 379-6335 or historicbeaufort.org.
Gullah Heritage Trail Tours depart from the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, Tuesday-Sunday. Experience the Gullah culture of Hilton Head Island on a two-hour tour of 10 neighborhoods established during the Civil War. Reservations required. 70 Honey Horn Dr. (843) 681-7066 or gullaheritage.com.
Self-Guided Tours of the Hunting Island Lighthouse, South Carolina’s only publicly accessible historic lighthouse dating from the 1870s, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Lighthouse admission is $2. Hunting Island State Park also offers a variety of Barrier Island educational programs for all ages throughout the year, such as “Beach Explorations,” “A Walk in the Woods“ and “Salt Marsh Kayaking.” Call the Nature Center for details and reservations. 2555 Sea Island Pkwy. (843) 838-7437 or southcarolinaparks.com.
Wee Play! Stories, songs, and finger plays. Ages 0-4 and their adult caregiver. 11 – 11:45 a.m. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort. Event is free. (843) 255-6435 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Heart of the Home: Kitchen Archaeology at Mont Repose Exhibit. A kitchen collapsed and artifacts in situ offer a unique opportunity to explore the domestic duties and lifeways of women and girls on a 19th-century Beaufort District plantation. Curated by Georgia Southern University Public History Graduate Student, Lilith Logan. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays, except April 22. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street. Event is free. Ages 12 – Adults. (843) 255-6468 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
USCB Center For The Arts, 805 Carteret St., presents MOVIE NIGHT! Every Monday night enjoy a wide variety of amazing independent films. $7. 7 p.m. Click here for our full list of movies. For more information, (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Beaufort Belles Women’s Chorus, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Sea Island Presbyterian Church choir room, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. New members welcome. (843) 838-2643.
Beaufort Harbormasters, 6:45 p.m., Sea Island Presbyterian Church, 81 Lady’s Island Dr. beaufortharbormasters.org.
Mondays & Thursdays:
One on One Computer Help! Need help with computers? Stop by the Beaufort Branch Library on Thursday evenings; a tech expert will be standing by to assist you with all your technology needs! Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. – please call to confirm. Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. Event is free. (843) 255-645 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Frist & Third Mondays:
Parris Island Rod and Gun Club Meeting! We’re a group of Active Duty and Retired military as well as civilians. We’re hunting, shooting, fishing, and outdoors enthusiasts. Meeting Social hour: 1800-1900 (6-7 p.m.) Meeting Business Meeting: 1900–2000+ (7-8 p.m.) Parris Island Club House. pirodandgunclub.org.
Daily tours of Bluffton’s Rose Hill Mansion, a Gothic Revival-style home built circa 1858 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Reservations required. 199 Rose Hill Way. (843) 757-6046 or rosehillmansion.com.
Heart of the Home: Kitchen Archaeology at Mont Repose Exhibit. A kitchen collapsed and artifacts in situ offer a unique opportunity to explore the domestic duties and lifeways of women and girls on a 19th century Beaufort District plantation. Curated by Georgia Southern University Public History Graduate Student, Lilith Logan. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays, except April 22 and May 25. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort. beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Wee Play Too! Stories, songs, and finger plays. Ages 0-4 and their adult caregiver. 10 – 10:45 a.m. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort. Event is free. (843) 255-6435 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
The Listeners Book Club! Talk about what you have been reading, listen to books, and share your thoughts. Ages 8-11. 2-3 p.m. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort. Event is free. (843) 255-6469 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Tech Tuesday Drop-in! Need help with your gadget? Let us help! Lobeco Library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco. Event is free. (843) 255-6483 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Classic Car & Truck Club of Beaufort official monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Lady’s Island Country Club on Lady’s Island. [email protected].
Beaufort Track Club Track Night! Join the Beaufort Track Club each Tuesday night for an open community track workout. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced workouts are posted each week to ensure that you are getting the workout that you need. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Beaufort High School Track, 84 Sea Island Pkwy. GroundedRunning.com.
Beaufort Kennel Club meetings, 7-8 p.m. 102 Heronwyck Plantation Dr. (843) 509-1903.
Second Tuesday & Thursday:
Beaufort Writers meeting, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Lady’s Island Airport. (843) 524-9119.
Wednesdays & Second Saturday:
Beaufort Shag Club, 6:30-9 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7-10 p.m. on Second Saturday of the month. Amvets Post 70, 1831 Ribaut Rd. $35 per year and must register for lessons. (843) 812-1825 or beaufortshagclub.com.
Smartphone Drop-in! Bring by your iPhone or Android device. A librarian will assist with any questions you have from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m., Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St. Event is free. (843) 255-6458 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Downtown Beaufort Farmers Market, May – October! 2-6 p.m. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Pavilion. Join us each week and visit Area Farmers & Growers, Live Entertainment, Prepared Foods made with local ingredients. (843) 525-6644 or downtownbeaufort.com/farmers-market.
Themed Story Time! Weekly themed stories, songs, and occasional crafts. Ages 3-5. 3:30 – 4:15 a.m. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort. Event is free. (843) 255-6435 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Story Time at the Lobeco Library, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco. Enjoy stories, songs and social interaction for children 0-4 years old with their parent or guardian. 11:15 a.m. Price of Event Free. (843) 255-6481 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Habersham Marketplace Concert Series Continues Year-Round! Join us on the First Friday of the every month for our First Friday Concert Series sponsored by Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep and 94.5 The Coast. Enjoy dining in one of the Marketplace’s three restaurants before the live music starts at 6 p.m. There is no admission fee. HabershamMarketplace.com.
Cruise-In at Grayco, 136 Sea Island Pkwy., Lady’s Island. Classic Car & Truck Club! 5 p.m. All Year Long! All Clubs and Visitors welcome.
Lego Fun! Drop in between the time provided and create with Legos and display your creation in the library. Ages 4+. 3-4:30 p.m. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort. Event is free. (843) 255-6453 or beaufortcountylibrary.org.
Farmers Market at Habersham Marketplace! 4–7 p.m. The Farmer’s Market complete with local and regional growers, as well as arts, crafts and specialty food vendors. Family friendly and children’s activities will also be offered. Everyone welcome! HabershamMarketplace.com.
Jasper County Farmers Market! 1–6 p.m. 9935 Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. Everyone welcome! (843) 717-3690 or jaspercountysc.org.
Fridays & Saturdays:
Tours of Historic 1846 St. Peter’s Catholic Church and Graveyard. 1-3 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 710 Carteret St. Free. (843) 522-9555.
Port Royal Farmers Market! 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Located in Heritage Park on Ribaut Road by the Naval Hospital. South Carolina Produce, Seafood, Beef, Cheese, Honey, Flowers & Live Music. portroyalfarmersmarket.com.
Lunch and Learn Series presented by the Lowcountry Master Gardeners Association, The Gazebo at the Farmer’s Market, Heritage Park, Port Royal. 12:00 noon-1 p.m. Free, just bring a folding chair. lowcountrymga.org/.
Threshold Singers of the Lowcountry practice from 3-4:30 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lady’s Island. We are a mixed acapella group that sings at the bedside for those who are ill. We sing songs to comfort and support. There is no charge for our services and we come per request of family and practitioners. If this resonates with you, come join us. New members are always welcome. (843) 476-6073 or [email protected].
The Nao Santa María Visits Beaufort! The Nao Santa María is one of the most famous ships of humanity. On October 12, 1492, captained by Christopher Columbus, protagonist of one of the most important milestones in history: the Discovery of America, the Meeting between the Worlds that is related to the evolution of universal history. The visit consists of a self-guided tour through the 4 decks of the Santa María, where you can find informative panels with the history of the ship, ornamental elements of the time and talk with the crew to feel how to live the Spanish sailors 500 years ago. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Henry C Chambers Waterfront Park. Buy Tickets! Santa Elena History Center, 1501 Bay St. (843) 379-1550 or santa-elena.org.
Beaufort County Open Land Trust’s 47th Annual Meeting! Bring a friend to join and each of you will be entered for a special drawing that night! 5-7 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, beer & wine. Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club, 30 Yacht Club Dr. (843) 521-2175 or RSVP HERE!
Spring Artwalk Historic Downtown Beaufort! Visit more than a dozen galleries in downtown Beaufort featuring varied styles and mediums of art for all tastes and desires. Refreshments will also be offered. 5-8 p.m. Atelier On Bay, 203 West St. artsyletters, 811 Bay St., Suite 3. Beaufort Art Association, 913 Bay St. BeaufortPics, 719 Bay St. Beaufort River Glass, 812 Bay St. Charles Street Gallery, 914 Charles St. Indigo Gallery, 809 Bay St. I. Pinckney Simons Gallery, 711 Bay St. Longo Gallery, 103 Charles St. LyBensons’ Gallery and Studio, 211 Charles St. Rhett Gallery, 901 Bay St. Scout Southern Market, 709 Bay St. Thibault Gallery, 815 Bay St. Sea Island Center Gallery, 1106 Carteret St. BASEcamp Gallery @ Beaufort Digital Corridor, 500 Carteret St., and USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St.
Shipwrecks of America’s Lost Century! S.C. underwater archaeologist, James Spirek, directs a symposium of 10 archaeologists and historians from around the country. Presentations include Spain’s 1526 South Carolina-Georgia coast colonization attempt, the wrecked 1565 Ribaut ﬂeet, and the 1576 French corsair “Le Prince” resting at the bottom of Port Royal Sound. Featuring, Honorary Chair Dr. Eugene Lyon, Santa Elena Scholar, author and Christopher Columbus historian. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. USCB Beaufort, Center For The Arts, 801 Carteret St. Admission, Public $30, OLLI & SEF Members, $20, Students & Faculty, $10. Advance Registration Requested, Seating is Limited. For more information and registration, (843) 379-1550 or santa-elena.org.
23rd Annual KidFest! Gather your family and get ready from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for fun day of activities, games, prizes, crafts, and entertainment for families celebrating our children. This year, the Cross Creek Shopping Center , 325 Ambrose Run (in front of Belk and JC Penny) will transform once again into a child’s ultimate day of fun. The event is FREE to the public, and all families are invited to the event for snow cones, games, jumping and virtual booths, crafts, face painting, fire truck tours, animals, prizes, a talent show featuring local groups, and much more. If you have attended KidFest in the past, you know it is a huge event sponsored by MCCS South Carolina in partnership with the Child Abuse Prevention Association, the Exchange Club of Beaufort and other local organizations.
The UpCycled Art Auction returns with some new twists on April 6 from 4-7 p.m. at the Frissell Community House on the historic Penn Center property, 16 Penn Center Circle. An UpCycled Art Auction is a celebration of local and regional craftsman, who have repurposed, recycled, reclaimed or reimagined materials to create art. Lady’s Island artist Billy Wilkie has been selected as the featured artist for the Third UpCycled Art Auction to benefit LowCountry Habitat For Humanity. Mr. Wilkie is known for his whimsical birds and Lowcountry scenes in acrylics and watercolors which can be seen locally at the Red Piano Too Gallery on Saint Helena Island. This year’s event will also include a lowcountry boil with all the fixing provided by our friends at Boondock’s Restaurant. For more information please call the office at (843) 522-3500 or go to lowcountryhabitat.org/upcycled-art-auction-april-6-2019/.
Please join us in welcoming the Duke Symphony Orchestra back to the Lowcountry on the evening of Saturday, April 6th at 7 p.m., held at USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret Street, Beaufort. The Beaufort Academy Blue Notes will also be performing. You are welcome to join us for the Conductor’s Reception after the performance at the beautiful waterfront home of Bobby Bell; 302 Federal Street, Downtown Beaufort. Tickets required for Conductor’s Reception. For tickets got to lowcountyleaders.com or (843) 476-3027.
USCB Center For The Arts, 805 Carteret St., presents AN EVENING WITH JOURNEY – ESCAPE! A unique concert experience with a full symphony recreating classic rock albums in a live performance setting. Escape, was Journey’s eighth and most successful album. 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating. Adults $35, Senior/Military $30, Students/Children $15. For more information, (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
2nd Annual Great Helicopter Easter Egg Drop! The entire community is invited from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the second annual Great Helicopter Easter Egg Drop at Beaufort Academy Football Field, 240 Sams Point Rd. We’re dropping thousands of plastic Easter eggs from a helicopter! The Easter Egg Drop is an Easter Egg Hunt open to the first 1,500 pre-registered children in our community between the ages of 2-10. There will be TWO golden eggs with GREAT PRIZES including a NINTENDO SWITCH & an APPLE ITOUCH, plus other cool prizes! The fun doesn’t stop at the Egg Drop, we’ll also be having a Bounce House Area with over 8 inflatables, Balloon Artists, Professional Face Painters, KONA Ice, FOOD TRUCKS, DJ Jesse Gavigan & Music, and of course the EASTER BUNNY! There will be a $10 charge per child, and that will include unlimited bounce house use, professional balloon artists by Carol’s Balloon Art, professional face painters, Easter Bunny pictures and the egg drop. Please note that parents will NOT be allowed on the field this year – and it starts at age 2, so your child will be on the field with student volunteers. 4 Egg Drop Times: Ages 2-5, 11:30 a.m. (YELLOW). Ages 6-10, 12:30 p.m. (GREEN). Ages 2-5, 1:30 p.m. (BLUE). Ages 6-10, 2:30 p.m. (RED). $10. You need to pre-register your child(ren) in order to participate. Get your tickets here.
Seventh annual Taste of Bluffton, a festival celebrating the sights and flavors of the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This year looks to be the best ever! Here’s just a sampling of what you can expect: Local Flavor Non-Chef Cooking Contest, Peoples Choice, Waiters Race, Battle of the Bands. No charge for admission! A day of fun for the whole family in Bluffton Village thanks to Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Taste of Bluffton. For more information, call (843) 757-1010 or [email protected] or go to blufftonchamberofcommerce.org or tasteofbluffton.com.
University of South Carolina Beaufort Chamber Music Concerts: Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture, Opus 26, arranged for Piano Four Hands, Violin and Cello. Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel for Cello and Piano (1978). Saint-Säens: Sonata in d minor for Violin and Piano, Opus 75. Turina: Piano Trio in b minor, Opus 76. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue for Piano Four Hands. Jeewon Park, piano. Andrew Armstrong, piano. Chee-Yun, violin. Edward Arron, cello. 5 p.m. 801 Carteret St. (843) 208-8246 or www.uscb.edu/festivalseries.
Bring the whole family to the Fripp Island Beach Club for a night full of fun and games! 6-9 p.m. (866) 921-6547 or frippislandresort.com.
Softshell Crab Festival! Port Royal goes nuts over soft shell crabs and the Annual Soft Shell Crab Festival will be full of them (yes, crabs and nuts). The opportunity for soft shell crab is quick. It only comes once a year and the fun community festival offers a day of food and enjoyment, and a fantastic opportunity to savor one of our Lowcountry delicacies. www.oldvillageportroyal.com.
Join us Sunday, April 21st at the Fripp Island Resort Beach Club for our annual Easter Egg Hunt! Get there by 10 a.m. for Magic Gary’s Magic Show, then we’ll start hunting for eggs at 10:30 a.m. You might want to eat your carrots before coming to help your eyes spot the Golden Egg! Please bring your own Easter basket or bucket. This event is $5 per hunter. Parents must present club or guest cards. You may preregister at the Activity Center in person or over the phone at (843) 838-1516. Get eggcited, and hop to it! frippislandresort.com.
The Mary Green Chorale, an auditioned ensemble of 30-40 voices, will present EUROPEAN TREASURES, 7:30 p.m. concert at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 70 Ladys Island Dr. The Lowcountry Wind Symphony will join The Mary Green Chorale for EUROPEAN TREASURES! Donald Jemella and Mary Woodmansee Green will share conducting this concert of symphonic favorites, including Wagner’s Overture to Rienzi, Sibelius’ Finlandia, Holst’s Second Suite and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture in Russian! marygreenchorale.org.
The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn, a juried fine art and craft festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Ninety accomplished artists from the region and from across the country will be on site for our 17th annual Market. Stroll through artists’ booth under historic live oaks to find that perfect piece of original art to take home. Fine art and craft in all shapes, sizes, styles, price ranges, and media will be available for purchase during this weekend. Rain or shine, the outdoor show is open to the public on Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. There is a $3 per person admission charge. Demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend. Food and beverages will be available from Mellie Mel’s, a favorite local caterer. While you are at Historic Honey Horn, explore our beautiful grounds. Experience what the island was once, is now, and hopefully will be in the future. The Discovery House at the Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Dr., Hilton Head Island, is open daily from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For further information, please contact Robin Swift at (843) 689-6767 ext. 224 or coastaldiscovery.org.
TABLESCAPES! Table settings by a Variety of Designers. A new manner of fundraising will be held in an old venue when the Verdier House Museum, 801 Bay St., introduces Southern Settings, a tablescaping which will bring regional and one international table-top designers together. It will benefit Historic Beaufort Foundation’s fundraising campaign to paint the ca. 1804 Verdier House. Setting a beautiful table is an art, and in recent years the art has become competitive with contests from coast to coast. Participants, both professional and amateur, use all combinations of china, crystal, linens, silver, floral arrangements and other accoutrement to creatively and intentionally arrange a tabletop to convey a specific theme, mood or experience. Southern Settings tabletops will be decorated to acknowledge the South’s influence as well as to reflect the Verdier family’s French heritage. [email protected] or (843) 379-3331.
2019 MCAS Beaufort Airshow! Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort will host nearly 100,000 of its closest friends and neighbors at the MCAS Beaufort Air Show. There is no cost to the general public to attend the show. The show will showcase Naval aviation at its best with a demonstration by the United States Naval Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels! The mission of the MCAS Beaufort Air Show is three-fold: to promote the Marine Corps and Navy recruiting efforts, to demonstrate the full force and capabilities of our military and to say a big “THANK YOU” to all of the members of the surrounding communities who support the men and women who serve this nation and are stationed at the Air Station and in the Tri-Command area. Gates open at 9 a.m. Visit BeaufortAirShow.com for more information and to purchase VIP tickets.
University of South Carolina Beaufort Lunch with Authors Series! Lunch with Author KIM MICHELE RICHARDSON! 12 p.m. Sea Pines Country Club, 30 Governors Rd., Hilton Head Island. Individual Luncheons $45 (all inclusive). Enjoy a delicious lunch and hear featured authors speak on their writings, creative process, research and more! We celebrate New York Times Bestselling authors, as well as up and coming new authors, including a variety of genres and subjects. (843) 521-4145 or uscbcenterforthearts.com.
Wildlife Biologist Tom Murphy has more than 40 years of experience working with alligators. He will present information on the research he has conducted while working for South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources, discuss how alligators function in their environment and relay information on his recent work with alligators inhabiting golf course ponds. Come and enjoy learning about this ancient and unique species. Event takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Port Royal Sound Foundation 310 Okatie Hwy., Okatie, SC. RSVP required for this event, call (843) 645-7774 today to purchase tickets! $5/person, FREE under 16.